Cold case investigators in charge of the identification of the persons responsible for the discovery of the Frank family by Nazi authorities in occupied Amsterdam finally concluded that the person that betrayed the Franks was a jew.
After investigating the matter thoroughly for six years, the team of researchers named guilty a man named Arnold van den Bergh, who was a notary and a member of the Jewish Council, which the Nazis established to better control Dutch Jews. The entire investigation up to the final finding was published in a book named “The Betrayal of Anne Frank,” by the Canadian author Rosemary Sullivan, Monday.
This drew heavy criticism from Dutch Jews groups who argued that the accusation unconvincingly and possibly unfairly lays the blame for one of the most famous betrayals in history on a Jew who cannot defend himself. A handful of leading Dutch Jews responded to the new investigation by saying its conclusion should not be trusted — and might even be inappropriate to allege.
In a column published Monday in the conservative Dutch newspaper Reformatorisch Dagblad, Dutch Chief Rabbi Binyomim Jacobs condemned the accusation, saying it was “unethical” because it was not certain that van den Bergh committed the acts attributed to him and is unable to defend himself.
“It’s remarkable how the betrayal of Anne Frank and her family was laid at the feet of a member of the Jewish Council who can no longer defend himself,” Ronny Naftaniel, chairman of the Central Jewish Organization of Dutch Jews, wrote on Facebook. He added, “The assertion that Otto Frank knew about it but said nothing seems like speculation.”